Atlanta’s Own Orrin Checkmate Hudson….Changing Young Lives Through The Art of Chess

June 13, 2017

Who is Orrin Checkmate Hudson?

Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson says he owes his success in life to a teacher. As the seventh sibling of thirteen, Orrin was in and out of foster homes and involved in petty crime, but James Edge, a white teacher in an all-black high school, realized Orrin’s potential. Mr. Edge taught Orrin that his actions had consequences by teaching him the game of chess. By his senior year in high school, Orrin had moved from “in trouble” and “at risk” to being voted “Most Likely to Succeed” and “Outstanding Student,” and stepped into the world. He began to immediately work on meeting and exceeding those predictions.

As an adult, Orrin served in the United States Air Force and then as an Alabama State Trooper for six years, further developing the discipline he learned in high school. He later owned and operated his own car lot, succeeding as a business and community leader. Along the way, Orrin never gave up the game of chess, and he leaned on his personal development strategy of being the best to become a two-time World Open speed chess winner.

Orrin was watching the news one night in 2000 when he saw a story about seven employees shot, execution style, for $2,000 in the cash register. That’s when he realized evil prevails when good people do nothing. After selling his business, he founded Be Someone, a name chosen from the advice Abraham Lincoln’s mother once advised her son when he questioned running for president.

Teaching kids how to think strategically, plan effectively and build self-confidence, Orrin uses his award winning, highly effective and much lauded presentations centered on the time-tested strategies of chess as a metaphor for the game of life. He shows at risk kids the focus, discipline and patience required by the game of chess – skills that are transferable to their current life situations.

Since then, Orrin and have touched more than fifty thousand [50,000] kids, and his goal is to pass along his message to 1 million children in underservered communities.

The author of “One Move At A Time,” Orrin is the subject of numerous news national articles and television interviews, including Good Morning America, CNN, CBS Early Morning Show, CNN Headline News, and CNN American Stories, The Word Network, People Magazine, USA Today , Sports Illustrated for Kids and Time Magazine for Kids. Noted for sharing a winning mindset that enables his students and audiences to believe in themselves, he continues to attract community service awards, having won some of the most prestigious in the educational arena including the national 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Award.

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Presidential Style caught up with Orrin Checkmate Hudson at his Be Someone Foundation 949 Stephenson Road Stone Mountain, GA 30087. It was the first day of camp and kids were very excited about learning how to play chess.


Orrin Hudson on the Tom Joyner Morning Show October 2016 Orrin Hudson, two-time World Open speed chess champion, non-profit leader, and author of the Amazon Best-Selling One Move At A Time, How To Win At Chess And Life recently appeared on The Tom Joyner Morning Show – the nation’s #1 syndicated urban morning show, broadcast in 105 markets, reaching more than eight million people.

During the morning’s segment, Hudson talked about his role in helping promote the recently released Disney Studios chess-oriented film, Queen of Katwe, which stars Oscar award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. He also announced that Be Someone, a unique non-profit program that he founded in 2001 to help teach underprivileged youth to think strategically, plan effectively and build self-confidence, will be going on the road to reach more young people at risk of making the wrong moves in their lives. He credits the game of chess of literally saving his life when he was a youngster and now he’s paying back.

The former Air Force veteran and Alabama State Trooper has a simple message that resonates with his young audiences: “Learn to think before you act: heads up, pants up, grades up, and the most important, never give up.”

“Appearing on The Tom Joyner Morning Show was one of the most rewarding interviews in my career,” said Hudson. “Tom Joyner is an all-time legend in radio broadcasting, so to be able to talk to him about my background, Be Someone, and my organization’s goals is something I will never forget.”

Listen to the TJMS interview now at:

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